Stay Connected to Your Favorite Radio Shows While Traveling with the CC Skywave Radio.
The CC Skywave™ opens up a marvelous world of radio at home or when you're traveling. The reception, audio and durable build are what this radio excels at. It has an intuitive layout so it is easy to use and has exceptional overall performance. Incoming radio signals can be manipulated to reduce interference.
Weight: 6 ozs. (without batteries). Size: 4.8" W x 3" H x 1" D. runs on optional 5V AC Adapter (not included) battery operated (2) "AA" batteries (not included).
Never listened to the Aviation band? This band lets you listen to nearby pilots, air traffic controllers and ground crew. When traveling, airline schedule changes and problems can be perplexing and annoying. Listening to control towers can provide endless entertainment and informative tidbits of information. It is as simple as telling the Skywave to scan for an active frequency until you find some action. The best one is usually the approach frequency used for planes that are landing and you'll know if you've found the correct one when you hear it. You can also search the web for "air traffic control radio Seattle" for example, to find information and to learn more about aviation radio. If you live next to a smaller airport you could ask a local pilot for the frequency or look up "common traffic advisory frequency" plus the airport name. English is the standard language used in aviation at all airports worldwide.
When traveling abroad, unless you have checked local laws, tuck your Skywave™ into a safe corner of your carry-on. An Airband radio may not be legal to have in some countries.
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Review of the C. Crane CC Skywave Radio by Jay Allen of RADIOJAYALLEN.COM
November, 20 2019
I am so pleased with this little powerhouse radio. I can finally hear my favorite station without static that's only 20 miles from my home. I love it. I take it with me from room to room every day. It was smaller than I thought but that makes it easier to handler. I am so glad I ordered yours. And I remember hearing the C.Crane company name I can sincerely tell you it means Quality!! Thank you for making such wonderful products.
Small and convenientNo static listeningEasy access tuningGreat clear sound
None that I can see
All day, everywhere
November, 18 2019
I have been using the Solar Observer for years, but switched to a smaller version. Love all the features and CCrane support is the best!
Travel and bedside
November, 3 2019
I like everything about this radio except the location of the volume control. I frequently inadvertently adjust it when handling the radio. I would also prefer a rocker type control to the knob. Love all else.
Travels well. Very good FM reception; good AM reception. Decent speaker quality. Nice included ear buds.
It reminds me of my first good quality transistor radio from the 60's with additional capabilities. Great for travel and casual use.
4502 CR 459A
September, 14 2019
I'm sure this radio is great everywhere else but I bought it because of the reviews on the reception. I work in the kitchen at a school and had no reception at all so I returned the radio.
June, 17 2019
The best radio I ever used on FM by far! I've spent several decades as a ham and all around radio nut. Nothing came close to the reception on this, even my Superradio! I pick up a station on almost every possible frequency. I live on the top floor of a high-rise, but most signals are shielded by my having only one window! This is a great radio, all around.
Very strong MDS. Nice clock and alarm set by a dial to add the ease of just rolling up to the numbers!
If you need side-band or morse code reception, you may want the higher priced version to add that function.
Love to keep it in bed as my anything radio and alarm clock as well!
May, 8 2019
I ha e both your pocket radio and the The Skywsve. Both are have great sound. However, the skywave instructions or a bit complcated.
Great reception and sound. Overall rating is fantastic!
I listen to current news channels the most. Get good and clear reception!
December, 11 2018
I bought this radio over five years ago and after some use it stopped working. Years later, just a few months ago, I turned it on and it did not work. I called Crane, they said to send it in and they would fix it. They got back saying it could not be repaired and they sent me a brand new one for FREE! This was way out of warrenty too. The main thing is that it out performs my other radios by a great margin. Mt Tecsun hardly works by comparison and my Yaucht-boy or Sony can not receive half of the stations I get with this little baby. This has become my goto radio for casual listening. If I get serious I pull out the old Drake model 9. I use a 110 foot end-fed antenna and a loop both mounted in my attic. This radio ROCKS!!!Thank you Crane for the GREAT work!
sensitivity, small size, portability while traveling with the short reel antenna, good battery life
Really? None that make any difference.
Casual listening and travel. Great for RV'ing
December, 4 2018
Great little radio
Sensitive tuning. I live close to a small airport and it has been fun to try to find them broadcasting. I look forward to exploring the shortwave dial.
I think you should include an a.c. cord.
Travel, carrying around the house while I do housework.
San Jose, Ca.
November, 20 2018
I'm able to move this about my home while doing chores, without ever experiencing a missed beat.
Small, ease of finding desired station, just loud enough to hear on one floor.
Time to admit that we live in a valley, consequently there is occasionally a station that disappears. Easily corrected, just move the radio a foot or two!
Morning news, getting ready for the perfect normally day in California!
November, 12 2018
litte cute Radio, very big reception. On every Band this Radio is very good .Because of the size, this radio must have a small ferrite antenna, but the medium wave is still very good. so what? fantastic, Love it!!!
outdoor , rreaveling
October, 19 2018
I bought my first Skywave at Cabelas. It worked 3 times! It was more expensive to repair it than buy a new one. Not sure.
September, 16 2018
I've been a amateur radio operator for over 30 years, and enjoy the pleasure of radio listening. The CC Radio Skywave is pure radio enjoyment. Great reception, and the audio is fantastic for such a small speaker. I recommend this little radio to anyone who enjoys the radio hobby. You'll love it!
Fantastic audio for such a small radio. Great reception on all bands. Great value.
Not a one.
Portable listening pleasure.
South Bend, IN
August, 17 2018
I mainly use this as a bedside radio for listening to my local FM and some distant AM at night. Reception of the strong 'clear channel am stations is good. It is also good for traveling and can be thrown into a suitcase for travel.
Good reception on AM, FM, OK on shortwave. Also good weather-alert radio.
Whip antenna broke inside the plastic case after I owned this for a year. I was able to somewhat fix it but need to be careful extending and rotating. I absolutely hate dust getting into the LCD display and this radio is prone to getting dirt inside the display.
Travel, use while walking, ball games, camping.
July, 15 2018
This is a great radio with acceptional reception. I took it to Europe and it was great to have on the trip. Light weight, great reception.
A little pricey.
April, 11 2018
I purchased a Skywave radio from REI in Redmond, Washington. The user manual gave instructions for use of a feature that had not been incorporated in the radio I purchased. When I called Crane, Jennifer instructed me to send the radio to Fortuna. In turn, Crane sent me the latest Skywave model with the updated feature. Lisa Wilson became my contact for the exchange and was very helpful and responsive. I sincerely appreciate receiving the newer model radio. This was an overall positive experience.
Responsiveness, honesty and taking ownership of a problem involving the user manual and radio model.
Nothing to add
I use the radio in my bathroom when I'm shaving.
February, 20 2018
I use this radio every day. I bought it in early 2015. It travels on my motorcycle everywhere I go. I love it!
Great reception and easy to tune. It's pretty tough, I've dropped it a few times. I use rechargeable batteries and they last most of the week. Best radio I've ever owned.
I pulled the antenna tip out. I fixed it. Now I don't pull so hard.Don't leave it in direct sun light, the LCD goes black. When it Cools down everything is ok.
Every day. Travels
December, 2 2017
I purchased both the CC Skywave and the CC Radio 2E both arrived within 3 days. The CC Sky had a problem with the band width. C Crane replaced the unit no questions asked and paid for all shipping within 4 days. You can't get it better than that. I am a very happy customer with two great radios
The sound quality is great for such a little radio and DXing on the CC Radio E2 is a blast.
The CC Skywave is a great little friend to take with you on long walks.
Larimer County, Colorado
September, 29 2017
This great, very portable travel radio worked perfectly for several months. Then without warning, the audio stopped working. Unfortunately it was just past the warranty, so we couldn't return it. This is our 3rd C. Crane radio - we are long time customers. The audio issue happened twice - Customer Service helped resolve it the first time but several months later it happened again and so far we can't hear anything.
Lightweight, great reception and easy to use. Exceptional C. Crane quality. the WX Band is a real plus for traveling.
Audio failed shortly after the warranty period. We're still trying to make it work but so far no luck. I really miss this radio and have had to haul around our older, heavy EP C. Crane radio when fishing in the high country.
Travel companion - great reception and the WX band is invaluable when on the road.
September, 28 2017
I was in Salt Lake City in the REI outdoor shop to get this nice radio. On vacation in the USA, I had called to REI to hold this CC Skywave receiver, because CC crane don t deliver to the Netherlands. A wonderful radio, I have at home here a Tecsun S2000 but this little one is a good second and sometimes as good as the Tecsun. Great reception on SW, AIR, I live 25 km from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, but there is so much to hear. So I can advise anyone this radio!
Good reception on all bands! The WX band is not used here in the Netherlands. If you connect a short piece of wire, then you hear more radiostations on shortwave.
Maybe the buttons, they work fine, but it would be nice if you have to press with less strenght
At home and on holidays..
September, 21 2017
Why did I wait so long? A great little radio in every dimension. Love it. Don't hesitate. Just buy it. And get the accessory antenna too!
September, 3 2017
As I've experienced with Chevrolet vehicles, this radio resembles them in quality. It performed excellently during the first two years of ownership, but it's definitely not built to last. The first item to fail was the external, telescopic antenna. Though treated gently, first the top section separated from the rest of the antenna then another section, followed by yet another. Next, the volume control buttons became sporadically responsive, but they worked kind of. Thirdly, the radio really wasn't as good on AM reception as the product description would have us believe. I'd rate its ability as mediocre at best. I definitely wouldn't rely on it during emergency situations it has failed several times just when I needed it. Consequently, I feel this radio & probably all other models produced by this company is considerably overpriced with engineering that's indicative of planned obsolescence. Yep, just like a Chevy! I definitely won't be a return customer, & I'd advise others a
Excellent performance during first two years.
Not built to last.
It's a radio!
August, 11 2017
I believe C. Crane makes the best American Radio and for me as a Canadian that's means it's my best radio too.
Small so ideal for bedside or luggage,Every selection comes in strong,Very fast finding of stations
I could only afford one
Bedside radio listening
August, 4 2017
Buy this radio....you can't go wrong
Small....great reception ....ear buds are good quality...I have a Grundig satellite 750 and this little does just fine...I've read some of the other reviews and some people complained about the shortwave reception what they don't understand is like for example here in Tennessee on my big radio reception is great from September to January then it is bad between June and end of August so on that reception it depends on where you're at and what time of the year it is and what time of the day it is
None....compact high quality,...under $100.
listening to the people in other countries....i could see in their eyes what a discovery this is. They are hooked
July, 20 2017
the features of this little radio are amazing. it is very well thought out and it meets or exceeds my needs.
small enough to carry around and have access to music,news,weather
July, 16 2017
dont understand air traffic lingo. sw. is very hard to hear...i work nights, so just use it now to keep my automobile battery from going dead.
didnt meet my expectations.
July, 16 2017
brings in the stations i want.
some static in the volume when adjusting the sound. This could be better
I carry one with me everywhere,i have 3 of these.
July, 2 2017
I use this radio around the house going room to room or outside while doing yard work. It's the best portable radio I've ever owned.
Great sound.,Easy to follow directions.,Good size.
Around the house and in the yard.
June, 29 2017
I live in an RF shadow of nearly all. And this little radio picked up a channel all day everyday that I had to deal with atmospheric, and radio station power issues and mostly able to only listen early am for an hour or so... I can say enough. Also the solar battery charger is great. Likely my favorite issue aside from reception will be the automatic freq. location while I am on the road in my RV no matter where I go. Thank you C.Crane. Do you need a Quality Engineer, hum well maybe not after I got one :0 Retired QE Hewlett Packard Co. and USMC Vet
Small,well built,easy to use,reception is exceptional,Feature rich,can use standard batteries
Poor AM reception,Poor FM reception,weather alerts,local airport listening
June, 25 2017
Wished I had this years ago.
Best radio I've ever had. Before couldn't get a lot of stations. This radio gets them all.
All of it.
June, 24 2017
Buy this beauty.
This is the fifth radio I've purchase from Crane. Starting with a table size portable and ending (so far) with the Skywave.
There are no cons.
May, 17 2017
I've loved SWLing since I built my first Heathkit close enough to 50 years ago as makes no difference. I love my E1, and my Sangean ATS-909 Super, and my CCRadio-SW, and my FRG-7700 (if I can get it realigned), and my 2001 (if I can find an Error 3 fix that works), but for pure fun, while some match none exceeds the little Skywave. But more than that, this is an area where power goes out a lot, often in winter when we're snowed in. A box of batteries will keep this baby cooking for a month, and that's justification enough for it. The ATS function is a joy every so often, push the ATS button and the memories get loaded up with whomever is on the air *right now.* Then you just choose from among them more than makes up for the fairly aggressive detent in the tuning wheel. Sangean used to do this, too, and I didn't understand why then and don't now. But as I said, ATS is the way to go, which means you seldom touch the tuning wheel. Great radio!
Surprisingly sensitive,Even more surprisingly selective the filters are sharp-shouldered and really work,A breadbox-sized receiver in a tiny package,And WX and Aviation
I wish the aviation band scan were a little faster because as it is it's best topunch the frequencies into memory before you go listening to airplanes and airports the shortness of transmissions and the slow scan speed means you'll miss all but the busiest towers.,I could live without the clickkiness og the tuning wheel.
Everyday carry,Emergencies,Boredom relief!
May, 12 2017
Very happy with the radio overall. Was surprised how small it is, even though you clearly state the dimensions on the product description. Earbuds a nice added bonus.
Has alot of features and capabilities for such a small radio.,Excellent AM reception-even in areas with alot of clutter and interference.
Wanted the dial or lense light to stay lit at night after the radio is turned on-but it goes off in 10 seconds after turning the radio on.
Bedside at night-Or anytime traveling. Very easy take along with you wherever you go-Battery operation too when you're away from an outlet.
April, 26 2017
Since my last one, I like the new layout of controls.
Solid performer,long battery life,Clear reception
I had one of these a few years ago and damaged it by accidentally leaving it out in the rain. I was a little disappointed that the price nearly doubled.
April, 25 2017
Compared it to my Grundig YB400PE on AM and FM. Not quite as sensitive on AM but the Skywave has half the internal antenna length,so its comparable for a radio in its class. FM was similar, air band is good too. On SW, the Yacht Boy blew it out of the water so the shortwave band is not one of its highlights but still a good bug out radio or daily listener for the compact size.
good reception for it's small size. Long battery life .
Camping or emergencies where battrries can't be charged or replaced .
Grand Lake, CO
April, 22 2017
Much better than the Walkman I have used for years.
Ease of use. Controls for everything.
Screen light too bright for bedtime. Would like to have the keyboard lighted.
So far just bed time. when summer comes I expect to use it a lot on camping trips.
April, 12 2017
The AM sensitivity is excellent for such a tiny radio and the FM, Air and Weather bands are similarly sensitive. I am not sure how to evaluate the ham bands since I have not listened to them that much. After dark I get all of the WWV channels with no problem, however. Overall I am very pleased with this radio.
Simple intuitive controls,Deceptively small,Great battery life,Excellent AM FM Air and Weather sensitivity
Built in speaker sound quality,Needs belt clip on radio or case
Great travel radio,Easy to carry around the house
April, 4 2017
My other portable is the venerable Yacht Boy 400pe which I'm sure most will agree is a classic performer but since the Skywave has arrived the YB has been sitting on the shelf.
Reception is fantastic,,All of the radios functions work flawlessly,The speaker is more than adequate and more so with ear buds,,The tuning knob is a very nice feature,,the antenna, although small at 16 inches pulls in a couple dozen SW stations on any given night in my area,,Weather and Air bands function great as well
As far as performance goes... none!,The only thing I could be critical of is the provided case. It's a bit on the flimsy side... I'm not expecting it to last nearly as long as the radio,
This radio has become my constant companion. It travels with me everywhere.
March, 18 2017
Used in Akron Ohio, the CC Skywave gets great AM and SW reception over much of the U.S., out to Texas, Missouri, Iowa, and of course all along the East down to Atlanta, with no extra antenna. However, in some lowland locations in South Carolina, and external SW antenna will be necessary.
March, 12 2017
This is the perfect radio for travel. I've had several, and this is the best. I tend to go to the same places, so the page memory feature is great for saving stations by location. The lighted display is a great feature. I would recommend this radio.
Small size,Great reception,Lighted dial,Easy tuning
February, 22 2017
I'd give this radio a 5-star rating if it had an AM antenna adapter. It would be great to hook it up to the AM loop that CCRANE offers.
Mostly great reception. SW antenna really helps a lot.
Really should have an AM Radio Antenna port. It wouldn't cost much,but be SO USEFUL.
International travel.,quick scans of local radio stations.,fun listening to far-away SW stations and BBC
February, 16 2017
A great radio for AM FM Weather & shortwave listening.
A great little radio for AM FM shortwave but disappointing re the airport wave,The airport/pilot conversations are so coded one hears nothing of interest
The airport/pilot conversations are so coded one hears nothing of interest.
AM FM short wave & weather listening
February, 14 2017
If you have to buy a new radio, but you don't want to spend a lot of money get this one! Youwon't be sorry.
Portable,GREAT AM reception,sortwave OK FM great long battery life great audio for the size in some respects,I like it better than my CC2E!
I use it for AM dxing it's great!
February, 6 2017
The antenna is very poor quality, -it broke in the middle the first week I had it.
small,and clear reception on the few stations I can get
poor display,and mixed bag on reception. Ican get toronto canada,kentucky,but not wor in NYC,which is why I bought it to listen to Coast to Coast
February, 2 2017
The only reason I did not give the SKYWAVE five stars is because of my complaint about the display light. Whenever tuning is taking place, the display light is on, and it stays on for about 15 seconds after tuning stops. Except for that, the SKYWAVE is excellent in other respect.
Great reception on all bands,Adjustable squelch on air band,Very good sound quality for its size,Wrist strap and soft carrying case,Excellent battery life,Recharges NiMH batteries
I like to slowly scan AM at night while lying in bed in the dark...but I cannot use the SKYWAVE for this purpose because there is no way to turn off the display light.,There are many reasons why a user might want to change the duration of the display light...or turn it off completely.
January, 31 2017
I purchased the CC Skywave radio for my husband. He is very pleased with this product, as he uses it daily. We highly recommend this radio.
Fully met expectation.
January, 19 2017
C Crane a good company to deal with. Quickly processed my order and shipped it
Air band works nicely and the unit also seems strong at picking up AM stations. A nice radio all-around.
January, 17 2017
Overall, a great radio. I live near Portland International Airport and it is interesting to monitor the air traffic transmissions. Smaller than you might expect.
Compact size,Ease of Use,Great Reception
none so far
January, 16 2017
The CCSKYWAVE replaces an 8 year old CCRadio-SWP which received near daily use in a wide variety of urban settings. It was used only with AA batteries and exclusively tuning the AM band. A friend now enjoys it. The new SKYWAVE seems better in every way. I particularly like the quieter AM reception, the band width options, the rotary volume control, and the preset configuration. As with my new CCRadio2E, what a joy to find another product whose revision seems better than the original! Time will tell regarding durability. Obviously, this much smaller radio lacks the exceptional range of the CCRadio2E.
January, 13 2017
It's in the kitchen while I cook then follows me to the dining room while I eat. Might show up later in the living room to add some music while I relax. Like I said, My new best friend. It follows me everywhere.
Easy to use,clear sound,portable,low power use
I use it daily in the house to listen to NPR and NPR classical.,Can easily be carried so would be great for the beach or travel also.,Would be a good addition to a bugout bag.
January, 11 2017
Excellent, and as advertised, like everything I have purchased from this fine company.
Excellent as advertised
January, 1 2017
I have punched many radios from CCrane and will continue to do so. I really like this company.
Great reception easy setup love the preset love the volume control
The sleep timer is my only con my other radio all I had to do was set it and it was good forever. I keep having to reset this radio. And as I have this on at night it gets annoying.
For me I use this every night mostly for my talk shows.
December, 29 2016
I own several AM/FM and/or SW radios including TECSUN PL-380, all 3 GE Supers. I am very impressed with the Skywave's sensitivity and it's multi functions. I have used it during daylight hours and even then, AM and SW reception is relatively exceptional. I live in a rural area, so reception is sometimes spotty but Skywave pulls in AM stations my other radios can't find in the ether. I did devote 20-30 minutes to read and understand the well written instructions which really is a requirement to fully appreciate any a multi-function radio. Once understood and used a few times, the functions are intuitive. It's memory settings are useful. Airband is a nice to have if you are into that. The case and earbuds add value. I have used Skywave while running (light weight and fits easily into a regular size pocket), hiking and will as a travel radio. I own several C Crane radio products, I am pleased with this new addition.
Easy to use,Sensitive,Great functionality
I would prefer a longer whip antenna.
AM/SW night-time listening,Alarm,night-time clock,Weather report
December, 28 2016
I like it
Sound is excellent. Easy to use.
None of buttons worked when I first took it out of box. I reset factory settings and all work except pre set for stations.
Indoor or outdoor. Am only about two miles from airport.
December, 12 2016
First rate quality!!!
I was very pleased with the size and the quality from the first use to now a month later.
Not a one.
December, 11 2016
Glad to have made this purchase.
Very pleased. This is an excellent radio,Great reception! My husband enjoys listening to the Chicago Bulls broadcasts on it all the way from the Indianapolis area!
New York, NY
December, 9 2016
I bought this for my husband as a gift because he wanted a great radio that could get almost every channel and then some. He tells me this is not it. We had a difficult time just tuning it from our urban kitchen. Very disappointing. Not worth the high price tag.
It's a handy size.
Don't get the reception I thought it would.,Can't tune into off broadcast channel
December, 1 2016
I thought for the price the radio would be larger.
Cost too high for a small radio.
December, 1 2016
Best small radio I have found!
I had the old model and used it every night for 10 years until the auto turn off stopped working. The other problem was the volume control push buttons stopped working. Now with this new model the volume control is now easy to use and the auto turn off works well. Plus I like every time the radio is turned on the dial lights up. Great improvenents!!!
Can't think of any now but ask me in 10 yeaes!!
Great your jeep in bed with a pillow speaker. It will follow me all over the glive.
November, 20 2016
Very nice little digital radio that I use for AM/FM listening.
November, 2 2016
Unfortunately, the radio did not perform as I expected. The shortwave reception, even at night was poor. Even getting WWV for a time hack was poor. I attached the cable antenna, and it did'nt really improve much. FM was the best, even in remote Eastern Oregon. AM was good sometimes and not so good others. I had a similar SONY radio for over 20 years. It worked great, until a circuit went bad.
Small size,good display,cable antenna available. FM reception the best
Shortwave reception very poor,AM reception variable to good
FM use in remote areas or in city
October, 16 2016
The thing that caught my eye was the addition of the VHF aircraft band. I purchased the radio with moderate expectations. I have been impressed with C. Crane quality, but I have had sub $100 portables from other makers that didn't impress me. The aircraft band performance impressed me from the start. The sensitivity and audio is good. I like to listen on the AM band, and the sensitivity and selectivity of this radio is good. I like the sleep time so I can listen at night and not wake up with dead batteries the next day. There is not much to listen to on FM where I live, but I was amazed that this little radio was pulling in weak and distant stations. It's also a good performer on shortwave (when there's something worth listening to on the air, which is getting rarer). The only problem was that the manual wasn't correct for my radio apparently there have been some updates and I had to look at the slightly different manual online to use a few features.
Very Portable,Easy to Use,Very Sensitive and Selective on AM and Shortwave,Airband Works Well,Great FM Reception
Doesn't Include 2 Meter Hams Between Air and WX Bands
Casual Listening,Broadcast Listening,Aircraft Monitoring,Travel Weather Alerts
September, 16 2016
If you're looking for an Excellent performing all around compact radio...the Skywave is your ticket!
What an absolutely impressive little radio that provides a multitude of features coupled with excellent sound. The Skywave makes my list of favorite devices to utilize daily.
Sits next to my bed in the evening,Accompanies me into the kitchen while I'm preparing my kids lunch in the morning.
Ballston lake, ny
September, 16 2016
I really appreciate all of creative thought which has been put into this relatively small, yet multi-functional radio. Thank you C Crane!
Pocket-sized,Powerful AM reception,Does not let strong local stations to overwhelm adjacent distant stations,,Excellent FM, distant weather reception, sensitive aircraft band,
Too bad so many shortwave stations have disappeared,
August, 22 2016
Just a nice lil radio for all around use..
reception is great for me..had an eaton grundig befor lightning took it out..This is just as good if not better..I listen to am talk radio most of the time and fm public radio..picks up real good..
Display could be Larger..even with my glass's on lil hard to see..,Speaker could be a lil larger also..
Morning coffee time n fishing..late night am talk radio..
Long Island, NY
July, 31 2016
I researched this radio perhaps more than any other. Read both professional shootouts / reviews on Swling and consumer opinions on Amazon & here at C Crane. The radio was exactly what I was looking for, but I had concerns. More on those later. I've had this radio for 6 months and have run it through all the paces, from fringe areas in the middle of nowhere to midtown Manhattan. Inside, outside and all atmospheric conditions, it's held up well so far. First, the radio's interface and ergonomics are perfect. It's very easy to use. I like the fact you have multiple ways to tune in signals. There's the rotating knob, fast or slow. There's up and down slew keys with scan, and the scan function is fast. You have memories and direct entry. That's more options than available on most radios. Let me say, I love page memories, it's easier to organize stations / locations and the Skywave offers 10 pages of 10 memories on each band. Unlike the Tecsun ETS, I get to pick
AM/FM/WX/Air,Multiple Tuning Methods,Small Compact,Great Reception,DSP Tuner,Smart Memories,Excellent CC Headphones
Speaker a tad bright
July, 22 2016
this radio exceeds all expectations, I have a grundig G-6 and grundig satellite 750 this radio out performs both of them, in the receive on all bands, I would recommend this radio to anyone. I live in the southern California desert reception on it is excellent. Need a good small portable buy one even if you do have to pay extra for the a/c power supply.
size is great,FM receives stations 90 miles away,battery life excellent,all 5 bands receive better than any other radio I have.
no ssb,for the price should come with a/c adapter
take it anywhere any time
July, 9 2016
I am so glad I purchased one of these. Ccrane really has a winner here.
This is truly a great little radio. I find the reception is fanomanal. It was pretty straight forward figuring out the controls. I couldn't believe it actually included squelch. Just an absolute gem of a radio. I was really surprised to se scanning on the air band.
The only thing I could think of that it could include is the temperature.
Great in all the bands.
June, 25 2016
I'm a ham radio guy and I can appreciate the sensitivity on AM/FM. Too much local noise here in the city to be sure about the shortwave but suspect it will be perfectly fine when camping out on a hill with a 20 foot chunk of wire alligator clipped to the telescoping ant.The weather channels are a nice touch and appear to have good sensitivity. I get a strong Phoenix forecast on channel 7 and a weak one on ch 2 all the way from Tucson. I use this radio to listen to talk radio while in fast food places,sensitiity and volume are very good, the earbuds are #1.KF7RY
good LCD easy to read,very good sensitivity AM and FM,small size fits in pocket nicely,excellent earbuds,2 AA batteries last almost forever,good volume
camping companion,casual desktop listening,taking to restaurants
Hudson Valley, NY
April, 2 2016
AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather Alert, Aviation Band in a radio that will fit in your pocket, or easily in luggage, briefcase, or portfolio. Not only that, this is as good as any portable radio you have ever used. With a state-of-art DSP chip. And it's a true DX radio - it really pulls in the signals - if it's out there, you will hear it. The Skywave is an amazing radio. I have several ultralight radios and the Skywave is easily my favorite. So go ahead, toss it in the overnight bag and have yourself some fine listening and DX'ing! How can you not love C Crane?
Santa Rosa CA
March, 9 2016
It was not the radio I was hoping for.
It could not pull in the local ATIS from the nearby airport,It could not pull in my favorite FM station.
Concord, New Hampshire
February, 23 2016
I REALLY wanted this radio to work, all the adjustments and its size/sound quality would make it a great radio if one lived in a big city where reception is strong. If you live in a City, BUY it!
Sound quality,if you can receive a clear channel,is great.
Reception of AM is pathetic,Perhaps it is my location but inside the apartment there is no AM.,Hard to read the buttons
I don't use it,went back to my GE Super Radio
February, 8 2016
This feature packed radio best satisfied my need for an emergency type radio. I live in hurricane and tornado country, so the weather band was a must have feature during power outages. My Skywave arrived the same day as an expensive pair of Marshall earbuds. Although not perfect, the CCrane earbuds trounced the Marshalls in every way. Quality FM stations will have your toes tapping. Problem FM stations aren't magically transformed into powerhouses. Skywave does a fine job with any reasonable signal. I have not tested the AM/SW/Air Wave bands as I do not foresee using them. This radio truly sips power! I used alkaline batteries for the first week to get an idea how long they might last. Before and after voltage tests were only slightly different. Paired with rechargeable batteries and a solar cell phone charger, I feel prepared for any emergency or excursion. Personally, I would have preferred to be able to remove the wrist strap and replace it with a neck lanyard
Size,Weather Band,Battery Strength Indicator,Signal Strength Indicatot,Ability to charge batteries,Handy Keyboard Lock,Quality Earbuds,Time and Radio Presets retained on battery change
Average Sensitivity,No AC Adapter,No Batteries,Built-in speaker sound
January, 25 2016
Great little radio! I've had a few days to play and it exceeding my expectations. For aircraft you'll need the control tower frequencies (key in save) and flight times, they don't chat like SW so it comes in burst. In central Ohio, I'll pick up Canada, Mexico, Cuba, South America, Germany, and many in the States. Nice functions built in like NiMH charging, squelch for air, fast/slow tuning, and lots of memory to preset for fast tuning. Even the wx channels are clear from over 100 miles away. And also a lock key so the radio doesn't come on during travel. I looked at many -PL660 was the closest but $30 more and twice the size. It's been on/off for about 12 hours and no battery power loss.
Small,light weight,Laptop bag stachable,am/fm,sw/wx/air,uses two AA,Great receiver
Personal use,All bands work!,aircraft,sw,am/fm,portable!
January, 23 2016
This is my first all-in-one pocket radio. I'm very impressed with the sound and sensitivity. Just watch some youtube and read the manual, and you'll be dialing in all the fun. First station on sw, was Australia at 15:45 with no wire! Picked up weather station in Cleveland too-130 miles away. For aircraft channels use this map link to load control towers (ct) : /vfrmap.com/?typevfrc&lat39.997&lon-82.892&zoom10 . Am and FM come in Great too.
Very small,Very senitive,Fun to use,Quality built,Long play with just to AA batteries
none so far
Stach anywhere,Travel size,Light weight and small for back packs,Uses just 2 AA batterys
January, 15 2016
all right for the moment
Good reception, Small
A little expensive,When the weather alert is ON, the screen turns on and off, and you can only be programmed to 16 hrs. I would like to be 24 hrs.
Fm, Am, Sw
January, 9 2016
thank you fast shipping
am &fm locol stations good
shortwave &aviation band reception bad
local station only
January, 8 2016
One of the best radios I've ever owned and I have had many. Improvement over the Pocket radio and the previous shortwave model
Nice small size,Great reception,long battery life.direct presets,great sound from the speaker.Nice earbuds with rich sound
Halifax, NS, Canada
January, 1 2016
Overall a great little compact radio with many features
Compact digital tuning Air shortwave and weather bands Stereo FM (with headphones,Quality build and long battery life.
Sound is commensurate with it's small size.
Camping adventure outdoors
Dade City, FL
December, 9 2015
This is a super nice radio for travel. Reception is clear and sound is very good for a radio this size. Its high quality is quickly evident. Save $12.99 in shipping by buying this radio from CCrain through Amazon.
high quality receiver
November, 30 2015
See Pros, Cons & Best Uses.
I like having all the many freq. bands on such a small radio.,The sould is very good also.
I have not found anything bad with the radio.
It will fit in my shirt pocket and with headset it works really nice.
November, 10 2015
I liked the SWP, but is was cumbersome in regards to operation, and had no feathering of volume control. This upgrade is huge in everyway. sound ease of operation reception. this product is rich with features and superior in performance.
Reception,Sound quality,Ease of operation.
cannot think of any
November, 8 2015
Over priced. This radio should sell for around $ 39.99.
Stone Mtn Ga
October, 21 2015
Very glad to get this radio. I got the AC adapter and recharable batteries. Looking for many years service. Thank you CCrane for your timely shipping.
Super fast shipping,easy to follow instructions,!!Excellent reception
Carrying case has no cutouts for use while carrying,,shortwave will probably need an antenna
General radio. Sports,talk shows
October, 19 2015
From Sacramento CA at night in sept oct 2015 heard WHO 1040 Des Moines, CBR 1010 Calgary, 1030 mix of KTWO Wyoming and Mrxico City. FM easy reception San Francisco Fm, and daytime MW SF to Fresno. WX Sf, Stockton, Sac. Sw too bad BBC et al have left the air or they would be blasting in
From Sacramenyo CA,at night in September October 2915 hsve heard WHO 1040 Des Moines
Lack of longwave,Lack of ssb
October, 18 2015
Small but powerful radio. Battery life seems like forever. Way better than i expected. So glad i chose this radio! Thanks C Crane!
Portable,battery life,easy to use,great reception,Clear excellent sound
Beach,camping,ball games,late night AM listening
October, 17 2015
Get this unit while you can. I don't think that there is a better one!
Everything about this little jewel is Pro. I have been using this for past 6 months and nothing has disappointed.,I also use to check on aviation weather at local airport before I got o fly our aircraft.,As an added bonus the tonal quality is amazing for such a small unit.
No Cons that I can think of.
Both music and spoken word. Also very good for NOAA weather.
Half Moon Bay, CA
October, 15 2015
Went on the wait list for this one to be shipped as soon as available. I've had several Grundigs, Kaitos and others, but the Skywave trumps all, especially with the aviation band, battery efficiency, panel layout and more. Look at the other reviews: there are a lot of good reasons for so many 5 stars.
September, 30 2015
I love this radio. The AM is great and the adjustable bandwidth make even the noisiest signals intelligible. The FM is more sensitive than my table radios. If you use the included earbuds, the FM, in stereo mode, sounds very good.
Sensitive,easy to use,battery life
The beach,the backyard,on my night table
September, 30 2015
I have been very pleased with the quality, reception, and speaker sound of this radio. This was more than worth the price. you get what you pay for.
attractive and quality product,very good reception and sound
September, 24 2015
Since the Skywave is an updated SWP, I look forward to a possible Skywave with SSB.
Great Value and plenty of performance packed in a tiny package.,Excellent ergonomics.
No SSB coverage.,No external antenna jack
General usage,Great size for travel.
September, 19 2015
Wish list: Option to activate the radio when triggered by SAME. The ability to manage/load/save memories from the USB port.
WX Band,Volume Control Knob,USB Charger port,Variable bandwidth Audio
Much more susceptible to being overloaded by strong local stations than my SWP. For example a nearby (1-2 mile?) medium wave (AM band) transmitter will overwhelm stations on the shortwave band.
Biking,Camping,Travel,Away from cities
September, 1 2015
Amazing little package. Yes, SSB reception would be nice, but I don't miss it. C Crane has found the sweet spot with this one. I've had many radios over the years, and this one is one of the best I've used. No purchase regrets. NONE.
small size,good battery life,sensitive,AM Reception,feature rich
needs extrnal antenna jack
travel radio,go bag radio
Laguna Niguel CA
August, 11 2015
6:30 PM yesterday attached 20 ft long wire and counted 58 readable shortwave stations. Also able to rcv aircraft from several airports with the radio's antenna. C CRANE please make a Sky II that covers the HF ham frequencies!!!!
Great Reception on all bands,Does not drift,Speaker does a great job even better with head phones
None except ssb is missing
With me all the time
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
August, 3 2015
I am a radio buff, have 5 radios, including shortwave. I have had my Crane radios since Sept 1, 2006 & still enjoy fantastic reception. Could easily live without a tv but not without a radio.
reliability works in anywhere
I can't think of any.
overnight I can get at least 1 European station.
July, 25 2015
Quality company/quality products!
What a surprise! Unbelivable quality in a compact box. I must stop: my home is becoming the East coast division of the C.Crane Company.,Too many radios! Yes,i know i can only listen to one at a time.
Put it in your pocket and take it everywhere!
South Bend, IN
July, 24 2015
Compaired with the Grundig G6 the Skywave performs poorly on SW but the skywave is easier to use
Great FM reception,Good AM and WX,Easy to use,nice audio,excelent headphone jack
Poor SW reception compared to other radios in this size and price,no ajustable light switch,as for air band I haven't been able to pick up anything.
great portable for headphone use as many stations come in clearly with out raising the antenna.,Great audio with just the speaker
Cape Coral, FL
July, 20 2015
Would be nice to have a scan feature for Air Band.
Enough features to satisfy most everyone. Amazing sound out of a small unit.,Pulls stations a LONG way. Plays a LONG time on 2 AA batteries.
Soft cover should have perforations over speaker.
Los Angeles, CA
July, 19 2015
This radio is worth buying, wish they were built in the USA.
I have been into radios for 45 years,This is a good little transistor.,Fairly easy to use lots of features,Good reception and tone.
Dont like that the dial light cannot,be set to stay on all the time.,Needs variable tone control with,bass enhancement
General use radio
July, 10 2015
This is one sweet radio. Reception is phenomenal. I can't say it's my favorite, yet, as I've only had it a few days but from what I'm experiencing I don't think it will be long. The buttons are a little stiff but I can deal with that. Wow!! Awesome job C Crane.
Ease of use,Great reception,Love it so far
Buttons are a little stiff,No big deal for me
Kicking back and relaxing,Camping,Beach,What ever where ever when ever
July, 5 2015
This is what you seek. Ridiculous much better reception in this class
Skywave go in circles around tecsun. If Tecsun find 34 listening channels only found 75. I'm very happy with my purchase. The next purchase will be a CCRadio-SW,then I'm home.
no reseller in europe
all within the radio.
June, 17 2015
I love, love, love this radio! My first C. Crane, but it won't be my last if they keep making them like this!
All the frequencies I want in one small package,Great reception,Great battery life,Easy to use
None as of yet!
June, 10 2015
great fun cute little radio. Great sounding. Better than I expected. Recommend it highly.
size,sound,ease of use
It would be nice to enter airband frequencies to scan.
Travel,work,beach,in the car with earphones
May, 10 2015
I like the reception of this radio. The AM band have long range of reception. The Fm band have a separation between a station. I would recommend weather band because I live about 40 miles of the station and the reception is excellent. The sound is good is loud and clear voice.
Am band,FM and Weather band
san jose, ca
May, 6 2015
I very easy to use, cool radio! Quality build, fine tuning, multi-band.
very well designed,fine tuning,clear,solid
easy listening,pilot chatter,NOAH weather,shortwave
Heart of Texas
May, 6 2015
I listen to talk on both AM and FM. I get good reception with marginal signals (as judged compared to my C Crane radio) I power mine from NiMH rechargeable and it is so easy to plug in to USB and push charge button to recharge. Even if using conventional non rechargeable cells this radio barely sips power! I like that the battery charge display seems to work well with the 1.2 volts out from NiMH cells.
AM sensitivity,FM sensitivity,Long battery life,Rechargeable friendly
May, 4 2015
Fair but expensive!
Good f.m.& timer is a plus.
I had a cheap $10.00 Sony radio I bought from Walgreens about 7 years ago that could pick up stations as well as this radio. The sw& aviation gets boring very quickly. I have never heard any conversations on them. If you are lucky someone will garble a few numbers that are meaningless to me. I thought C.Crane radios has great reception but the are no bettet than a cheap drug store radio.
& falling to sleep,by with the timer.
March, 28 2015
Exceed my expectation! Able to find the AM stations I listen to
March, 23 2015
I've been swling for about the last 50 years. When I heard about this radio my interest was peaked. Did research on the radio and liked what I was reading so I decided to give one a try. I chose wisely. This little radio is outstanding. I'm not going to repeat what everyone else is saying, but I will say this is one very nice radio that fits in your pocket. CCRANE knocked this one out of the park! My new favorite pocket sized radio.
March, 3 2015
recommend highly!!!! another great product from a great co thanks cc crane!!!
excellent reception on all bands nice small size great for a travel radio
havent found any
great all around portable radio audio is pretty good for such a small radio
February, 27 2015
I WISH IT HAD AN SD CARD TO RECORD SOME PROGRAMMES.
AMAZING AUDIO FOR THE SIZE. CHOICE OF FILTERS VERY HANDY.,EXCELLENT ON AM AND FM.,AIR A RARE BONUS
SW AUTO SEARCH COULD BE BETTER.
February, 26 2015
I've been searching for the perfect radio since listening to Zenith transistors in the middle 60s. This compact quality radio comes very close with the five bands and sensitivity across the bands. It is now my go-to radio for any outdoor activities because of its versatility. Also fits in a pocket while listening at a ball game. Now I'm hoping C Crane can add Ham radio 2 meter Snd/Rcv capabilities along with the current five bands to their next radio. I'll gladly add it to my collection. Thank you, CCrane! :)
The bands!,AM,FM,SW,NOAA Weax,AIR,Compact size goes anywhere
Price (but it's worth it)
Nighttime AM DX'ing. FM will fill a room. Has volume of a bigger radio. Excellent SW sensitivity and selectivity,Use air bands at airport or listen in your backyard to airliners flying overhead. Up to the minute weather reports when on the go 24/7.
February, 11 2015
I must add my 2 cents two, 4 a wonderful radio. I bought my LITTLE CCRANE Skywave a month ago and am amazed at this GREAT little radio. It has so much too offer in such a little package & of course sounds so wonderful too. I have two RadioShack radios dx396 & dx 360, 5 times bigger, that are very good but cant match my little CCrane [ that I love ]. The manual was explicit also & it was easy 2 program. I absolutely recommend this little gem.
February, 7 2015
Purchased a Skywave with AC adaptor for my son for Christmas. He loves it. He works for the US Postal Service on the Oregpn coast so he particularly likes the weather band. First thing in the morning he listens to the weather report so he knows what to expect and can plan accordingly. Just bought one for myself and cant believe how many functions Ccrane got into a small package. For the size and the money I dont think you can beat it. Aircraft, weather, shortwave, AM and FM. You get it all. Quality sound and great reception.
January, 31 2015
I absolutely love my new CC Skywave radio. I own several CC radios including the CC Radio2, Observer and SW Pocket. Although l really have enjoyed my SWP, the Skywave has made several improvements on the SWP design. The rotary volume knob and adding Airband frequencies to name a few. I work in aviation so I really love being able to scan the Airband and save them to memory. I was able to pull in a couple of nearby airports in my area right from my house. The ATS function is also handy as well especially for shortwave. Speaking of shortwave, what a great performer for such a little radio. Just sitting in my living room, downstairs.... I was able to pull in at least 10 SW stations. CC Radio has made another outstanding product and it is perfect for travel. I take my SWP on all my hikes and campouts and I will now be taking along my Skywave. A lot of radio and versatility in one great little package. Great job CC RADIO!!!!
Terre Haute, IN
January, 2 2015
When I first saw this radio that I received for Christmas, I couldnt believe all the features in the small size. Wow! I was amazingly surprised at the quality of reception and the room filling sound. This is an excellently designed radio.
December, 30 2014
Worked right out of the box with no problems. What I love about this radio is that just like the old CCRadio Plus it will use and recharge batteries. I love being able to unplug it and run it off batteries when outside working. Reception inside our old doublewide is excellent.
December, 26 2014
The reception on MW too me is perhaps the best part of this radio since I listen to talk . I walk and ride with this radio in my pocket and reception does not change. They did a pretty good job with the antenna along with the electronics. The only thing that I have noticed when compared to my more expensive portables is that you cant independently program memories. For example: if you start out on page(1) and program 3 AM stations into memories 1,2,3, then program 3 FM stations in 4,5,6. Toggling the radio off/on, depending on what band appears in the display is where the memory buttons will respond too. So if your in AM mode, then only memories 1,2,3 will work. Other than that minor inconvenience the radio performs really well on FM and Shortwave. I found the ATS feature very useful on the SW bands. The audio for this size radio is pretty good and not tinny in my opinion, although there is no bass. Headphones sound great on FM stereo. Also what I find convenient with the radio wh
Jersey Shore/NYC metropolitan area
December, 26 2014
I got my Skywave for Christmas, and I am extremely pleased. I am a radio DX hobbyist, and have a very large assortment of radios with which to compare the new Skywave. The am band is exciting -I am getting my best DX of the season with this little radio.The band width selector is terrific. The air band is perfect - it actually scans, has a squelch,and picks up more traffic than my best scanners.The fm is fine - I could hear everything I wanted to hear with the very nice included stereo earbuds. The weather band is fine, and the shortwave outperformed several highly-rated Tecsuns I compared with. Only the much more expensive PL880 and Satellit 750 did better. I highly recommend this great radio, especially for the SW, AM and Air bands.
December, 25 2014
I just received this radio today for Christmas and I am blown away by all the features and sensitivity, esp. the AM band which I can barely receive anything past 1250 due to a few local strong stations. This radio wouldve been perfect if it had SSB or LW and continuous coverage. But all in all this is a great radio! I love you C.Crane :)
December, 16 2014
After putting this radio through all the paces, I am convinced that its quite possibly the ultimate travel radio! I am particularly impressed with the performance of the AM and SW bands. And I really appreciate the precision offered with the thumbwheel volume control, as well. Thanks for another great product, my 6th purchase from CCrane. I have yet to be disappointed!
December, 12 2014
Good sound quality, Best reception, Real good performance on all bands
December, 1 2014
Just got my skywave radio today and it works great the sound is good and the am stations are really good. I would recemmend this to my friends or anyone.
Santa Clara, ca
July, 2 2014
As described on web site, digital selectable tuning good sound quality
|What's in the Box|
AC Adapter: 5V DC 300 mA with Mini USB Tip (not included)
Batteries: (2) AA (not included)
|Power Consumption||30-100 mA DC (depending on headphone, speaker usage, and volume)|
|Run Time (on batteries)||
± 70 hours (earbuds)
± 60 Hours (built-in speaker)
1/8" Stereo Earphone Jack
|Speaker||1.5", 8 Ohm, 0.5W|
AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10 kHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1620 kHz (9 kHz Steps - International)
FM 87.5 - 108 MHz (Regular Mode)
FM 76 - 108 MHz (When 9kHz is selected)
Shortwave 2300 - 26100 kHz
Aviation 118 - 137 MHz
Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz
Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz
Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz
Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz
Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz
Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz
Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz
|AM Antenna||Internal Ferrite Bar - 5.5mm High x 7.65mm Wide x 70mm (2.75")Long|
|FM, Weather, Shortwave and Aviation Antenna||16" Whip Antenna|
|Sleep Timer||15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 Minutes|
|Clock||12/24 Hour Format|
|Dimensions||4.8" W x 3" H x 1" D|
|Weight||6 Ozs. Without Batteries|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited Warranty|
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.